Blackboard

Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS) at the University of Kentucky used to share content, organize course materials, post readings, facilitate discussions, and submit tests and assignments. Since many online classes are conducted primarily through Blackboard, it is important that you are able to access it and use all of its features. If you have any questions or problems with Blackboard, please contact the UKIT Service Desk.

Logging On

The log-in page for Blackboard is: http://elearning.uky.edu

You log-in with your Link Blue ID and password. Link Blue accounts are automatically created when you are accepted as a student. If you need to activate your account, or request an account be created for you (this is not typical), more information about Link Blue accounts can be found here. Courses will appear automatically in your Blackboard account when the instructor makes them available.

Blackboard Resources

There are several resources for additional information about Blackboard.

The UK Blackboard Student Information Guide is available as part of the Academic Technology Training Library. This resource includes four main sections: getting access to Blackboard, navigation, frequently used tools, and common problems.

Another great resource is the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center for students here. This resource is a collection of videos that illustrate tasks that students may be asked to accomplish in Blackboard, such as creating a discussion board thread or taking a test.

If you have any questions or experience any problems, please contact the UKIT Service Desk.

Blackboard Features

Blackboard includes a wide variety of features that are important parts of online courses at UK, although instructors may not use every component in each class. The default home page for a course is the announcement page, which provides a place for the instructor to post updates, links, videos, and other important notifications. Most courses are arranged with some kind of sectional or modular format (such as weekly modules) consisting of folders of course materials such as readings, links, assignment instructions, and quizzes. E-Reserves are directly linked through Blackboard, so reserved readings are often available directly in the Blackboard shell. Many instructors also make use of discussion boards, a Blackboard feature that allows students and the instructor to have threaded discussions, often in response to regular discussion questions. Other features of Blackboard include: group functions (which allows for small-group work within the course), blogs, wikis, and an online grade-book that allows students to view their grades and professor comments. Some instructors also conduct exams via Blackboard.